Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

This is an album I’ve been excited about for a long time. Hiatus Kaiyote’s Choose Your Weapon is finally out and it’s an amazing album. I’ve been a fan of these guys since their early days and still listen to Tawk Tomahawk regularly. The only problem I’ve ever had with their debut release is that it’s too short and always leaves me wanting more. That’s no longer a problem with the new album providing 18 fresh new gems.

The Melbourne crew have constantly been progressing over the past few years and Choose Your Weapon is proof of that. The album is packed with beautifully crafted songs as well as a few short instrumental jams and is an incredibly cohesive and impressive album. Nai Palm’s beautiful vocals are as amazing as ever but props also need to go to the rest of the band. Paul Bender is an outstanding bass player, Simon Mavin is a master on the keys, and Perrin Moss’ drumming is a big reason that their sound is so appealing to me (be sure to check Perrin’s side project Clever Austin).

The album is out now. Support here.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Swamp Thing

Dego – Feminist Meetings

British dance music legend Dego is about to unleash a new album on the world in a few weeks time through his own label 2000Black. On The More Things Stay the Same Dego explores jazz fusion, funk and electro and although I haven’t heard the whole album yet, this oddly titled single Feminist Meetings is enough to get me excited! Stay tuned for more.

Dego – Feminist Meetings

Oddisee – The Good Fight

It’s here, and it’s a week early. Yup, I’m talking about Oddisee’s new album The Good Fight. I’ve been pretty hyped for this since hearing the amazing first single, That’s Love just over a month ago and I can honestly say that the rest of the album is just as good. There aren’t too many hip hop artists around these days that are on the same level as Oddisee in my opinion and this album is further proof of that.

The album is packed with thought-provoking lyrics delivered flawlessly and the production is just what you’d expect from Oddisee – top notch. It’s the kind of album you’ll need to listen to a bunch of times to digest properly – good thing it’s an upbeat album that’s a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. If you haven’t already heard it, I suggest you head to Bandcamp not now but right now.

Oddisee – Contradiction’s Maze

Onra – We Ridin’ Feat. Daz Dillinger & Olivier Daysoul

We’re a little late with this but for those that missed the news, Onra will be releasing a new album in a couple of weeks through All City. Titled Fundamentals, the album is a homage to that golden era hip hop that so many of us grew up on and still love. We Ridin’ is a funky hip hop tune perfect for a summer’s day and features Daz Dillinger and Olivier Daysoul. Other artists on the album include Black Milk, Chuck Inglish, Perion and a bunch of others. May 15 is the date you need to remember. Pre-order now from iTunes.

Onra – We Ridin’ (feat. Daz DIllinger & Olivier Daysoul

Oddisee – Belong to the World

We’re just a few weeks away from the release of Oddisee’s new album The Good Fight and he’s just dropped another single to keep the excitement rolling. Belong to World is about trying to find your place on this planet, and while the beat – which sounds like a flip of Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight – is of the quality we expect from Oddisee, it’s the lyrics that stand out most on this track. The album drops on May 5. Pre-orders are available now from iTunes

Oddisee – Belong To The World

Hiatus Kaiyote – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk

The release date for Hiatus Kaiyote’s new album Choose Your Weapon is creeping closer and closer which is a very good thing. From what I’ve heard so far it’s going to be a big contender for my favourite release this year. I’ve been lucky enough to hear the latest song Shaolin Monk Motherfunk live a few times and the studio version sounds just as sweet. I’ve raved enough about these guys in previous posts so I’ll leave it at that for now. We’ll have more for you closer to the release of the album next month.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk

Cy Gorman – Carmen

We’d like to introduce you to Cy Gorman, another talented musician to add to the ever growing list of talent coming out of Melbourne. The producer, pianist, saxophonist and vocalist is about to release Carmen, a new album through fellow Melbournian Ennio Styles’ label Heard and Felt.

With a mix of experimental jazz, 8-bit beats and latin influenced tracks, it’s hard to pigeonhole Carmen into one genre of music. Two tracks I’m really feeling off the album are Cool Change, a synth-heavy feel good tune that reminds me a little of 70’s Brazilian jazz funk band Azymuth, and Daniel Crawford’s outstanding remix of RDJ. Check both tunes below and pre-order your copy from Bandcamp before the April 13 release.

Cy Gorman – Cool Change

Cy Gorman – RDJ (Daniel Crawford Remix)

Flako – Natureboy

I’ve been following Flako’s music for a while now, from his early experimental hip hop beats to his incredible work with Fatima and his alter ego Dirg Gerner, and it’s been a pleasure to see him develop as an artist.

His latest release, Natureboy is a journey filled with hypnotic and fascinating sounds, with a mix of mellow, ambient soundscapes along with a few straight head-nodders and is unlike anything we’ve heard before from Flako. The album is out now through Five Easy Pieces. Do yourself a favour and head to their Bandcamp page to hear more.

Flako – Spice Melange

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to Kendrick Lamar until now. I liked a couple of tracks that I heard him on but for the most part I just wasn’t feeling his music at all. His new album To Pimp a Butterfly however is a slightly different story.

This is an album filled with quality hip hop, funk, jazz, soul and everything in between and perhaps most importantly, it sounds original and fresh. On top of that, there’s a whole heap of incredible artists helping out including George Clinton, Thundercat, Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg, James Fauntleroy, Ronald Isley, Rapsody, Terrace Martin, Flying Lotus, Taz Arnold and more.

The album is out now a week ahead of schedule. Cop it on iTunes.

Institutionalized feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg

Complexion (A Zulu Love) feat. Rapsody

Oddisee – That’s Love

Oddisee has been one of our favourite cats in hip hop for a long time now so we’re pretty happy to hear he has a new album on the way soon. According to Oddisee the album, titled The Good Fight “is about living fully as a musician without succumbing to the traps of hedonism, avarice, and materialism. It’s about not selling out and shilling for a paycheck, while still being aware that this is a business requiring compromise and collaboration”.

The first single That’s Love is an upbeat joint that sees Odd spitting a million words a minute over a soulful organ-filled track. Stream it below and get reading for the new album coming May 5.